Moving Through Cancer

Moving Through Cancer Film

We at the Fund have produced this 20-minute film ourselves because this subject is so important to anyone who has been touched by cancer.

Since 1970, more than 15,000 published studies have proved exercise is medicine in cancer. Even in brain cancer. That’s important to know for the more than 18 million individuals who have cancer worldwide. But only 20% of patients are told that exercise can aid recovery and prevent cancer’s reoccurrence.

Filmed over two years at major cancer centers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Virginia and Denmark, Moving Through Cancer chronicles innovative programs that emphasize exercise throughout the cancer journey, with experts and patients providing first hand testimonies.

The film details the tremendous progress that has been made in stellar programs such as the Maple Tree Cancer Alliance in Dayton Ohio, as well as by The Gift of Life in Texas, where programs address language barriers in non-English speaking groups as well as set models for implementation worldwide.

The film also documents Workout for Wellness, a brain cancer exercise program at the University of California, San Francisco, as well as Houston based MD Anderson’s Active Living After Cancer Survivorship Program at several locations in Texas.

Narrating the film is ice skating legend, Scott Hamilton, the former Olympic Gold medalist and World Champion. Hamilton is a four time cancer survivor who, at 65 years old, still skates and says, “The bottom line is just get moving.”

The book, Moving Through Cancer by Kathryn Schmitz, is available on Amazon. The book website is

The film was done in association with the American College of Sports Medicine.

As a public service, the Fund is engaged in a multi-faceted campaign to promote and distribute the film worldwide.


  • 10 Covid-19 virtual and rescheduled 2020 events; 10 community screenings 2019
  • Partnerships with nonprofit cancer patient and oncology professional groups, including Cancer Support Community Annual Leadership Conference, Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation Annual Meeting, American College of Sports Medicine 2019 Annual Meeting: Oncology Workshop, International Conference on Physical Therapy in Oncology
  • Virtual Screenings for Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation Institute, Moving Through Cancer, CancerCare Point, May 2020
  • Virtual Screening for SURVIVORSHIP DAY at Penn State’s ONE (Oncology, Nutrition and Exercise) Group
  • Opening Night Feature for Legacy Film Festival on Aging, San Francisco
  • Program Development Partners: Cedars Sinai GRACE Program for Resilience in Cancer; Maple Tree Cancer Center Alliance